Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Newly released Reagan-era document discussed "neutralization" of Cuban offensive military capability

Photo credit: Global Aircraft

Secrecy News today released a new document showing how the Reagan administration responded to the deployment of Soviet MiG-23 FLOGGER aircraft in Cuba. The plan called for a number action, including a $25 million Defense Department program to deploy tactic aircraft to the Western Caribbean.

Back then, the Reagan administration considered both Cuba and Nicaragua to be threats.

The memo discusses a blockade of Cuba and Nicaragua and a "neutralization Cuban and Nicaraguan offensive military power."

Ronald Reagan signed the Jan. 29, 1982,  memo, which once was classified as Top Secret. Point 2 in the memo remains classified.

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